Housing/urban Issues/Gentrification

DontMuteDC holds another huge go-go at 14th and U

On the 7th of May, another #DontMuteDC go-go night took over the streets at 14th and U. This one may have been the largest yet based on videos shot from the air.

Video from a rooftop or drone supporting estimate of 3,000 participants 28 sec

Massive #DontMuteDC event at 14th and U features go-go music, dirt bikes

On the 23rd of April, the #DontMuteDC movement sparked by a single "New Washingtonian" attemting to silence go-go music at MetroPCS returned to 14th and U sts NW. This time the protest had a new demand: fully funding DC schools in Wards 7 and 8. For the evening a touch of Anacostia was brought to 14th st as go-go music pumped and dirt bike/ATV riders showed up to cheers from the crowd.

Video sample of the go-go music and scene with the dirt bikes/ATV's 1 min 24 sec

14th and U shortly before sunset on April 23

IMF Warns of Global Financial Crisis Risk

Washington DC - For the second day in a row, the International Monetary Fund raised concerns of pending financial crisis. Ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings, the IMF released the Global Financial Stability Report, warning of "vulnerabilities" in corporate debt, house values and sovereign (country) debt."We are seeing some of same conditions that created the 2008 financial crisis and the IMF worries that we are not doing enough to prevent the next financial crisis," stated Jubilee USA Executive Director Eric LeCompte who monitors IMF reports.

Huge crowd dances to go-go on U st after music returns to MetroPCS

On the 9th of April, a huge crowd celebrated and danced to go-go on U st. What was to be a protest had become a celebration as the enemies of go-go threw in the towel and the music was back on at the 7th and FL Ave MetroPCS.

Video-crowd dances to go-go on U st after victory over complaint about go-go at MetroPCS

The scene on U st after sunset on April 9(still from Julina Dion G's video as cut for horizontal screeen)

Go-Go music ban imposed on MetroPCS store draws protest and petitions

On the 7th of April resident of the new Shaw luxury building known as The Shay threatened MetroPCS at 7th and Fl Ave with a lawsuit for playing Go-go music. T-Mobile also reportedly ordered them to stop playing the music, probably in response to the same complain from the same "New Washingtonian." On the 8th of April, supporters of Go-Go music held a protest at the MetroPCS store demanding they be allowed to turn the music back on.

Update April 9:Go-go music is back on the speaker outside Metro PCS, folks at the scene report victory

K_Michelle video originally posted to Twitter of performance outside the beseiged MetroPCS store

Still from K MIchelle video of go-go performance outside MetroPCS

Rent-striking tenants of 1454 Irving backed by supporters rally and march on 14th st

On the 5th of April rent-striking tenants of 1454 Irving St NW rallied at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza and then marched on 14th st.This was the second Friday in a row of these protests. Tenants are withholding rent in opposition to what appears to be an attempt at "eviction by neglect" with mold, broken heat, and pest infestation intentionally not repaired. The landlord has made it clear he wants the tenants OUT. Many have been there since the 1970's and the surrounding area has been gentrified.

Sanctuary DMV video of the march orginally posted to Twitter 17 sec

Sanctuary DMV photo of the rally

Housing protesters show up at Mayor Bowser's State of the District Address

On the 18th of March, DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser held her annual State of the District address. Outside, protesters demanded she spend money on public housing instead of corporate giveaways and halt "redevelopment" projects that displace low income residents and give public land to private developers.

Video including a discussion with one of the picketers about the Bowser/Greg Casten(developer) relationship2 min 52 sec

One of three embattled Congress Heights apartment buildings burns.

For years developer Geoff Griffis and his friends at CityPartners LLC have been trying to evict the tenants of the Congress Heights apartments in SE DC so a "mixed-use" condo and office building could be put up over the Congress Heights Metro. For years these plans have been stalled by tenant protests and activism. Griffis has had protesters at his house and WMATA refused to sell him a key parcel. Now, on the night of Nov 1 to Nov 2, one of the three buildings has burned. Tenants are urgently requesting assistance to replace possessions and repair fire damage.(GoFundMe page) Surely CityPartners LLC will give them nothing-the fire is just too convenient for their plans.

Homeless shelter at DC General closed by Mayor Bowser

On the 31st of October, the Washington Post reported that Mayor Bowser has closed the family homeless shelter at DC General. The post reports this fulfulls one of her campaign promises. The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post did NOT report that this makes the site ready for a possible Amazon HQ2 project where DC General now stands. The Post admitted 9 familes were disqualified from further housing assistance for "rule violations" and claims others have been housed.

Developer Adrian Washington gets home demo after illegally padlocking 4 Black-owned businesses

On Oct 3 (possibly using the Kavanaugh drama to divert press attention), develper Adrian Washington's Neighborhood Development's subsidiary 1100 Eastern LLC padlocked three Black-owned buisinesses and a church oin the Deanwood neighborhood in NE. On the 6th of October, Black Lives Matter and other activists paid a visit to Adrien Washington's cushy home near Rock Creek Park and 16th st

Video of the march on developer Adrian Washington's house 4 min 32 sec

Protesters from Black Lives matter in front of the home of developer Adrian Washington

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